Review: Cars and Boys, Dundee Rep (Daily Telegraph)

April 17, 2014

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CARS AND BOYS DUNDEE REP   Stuart Paterson is one of Britain’s most prolific and diverse writers for stage and screen. The author of an extraordinary array of dramas, including adaptations of Chekhov and Zola, he is, perhaps, best known as an award-winning writer of children’s plays; for instance, his acclaimed dramatisation of Kipling’s The […]

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Review: The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler (Daily Telegraph)

April 17, 2014

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THE BEAUTIFUL COSMOS OF IVOR CUTLER CITIZENS THEATRE, GLASGOW   There can be few more enigmatic subjects for a work of musical theatre than Ivor Cutler. The Scottish Jewish humorist, poet and songwriter – who lived most of his life in London and died in 2006 – was a master of the hilariously surreal and […]

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Reviews: The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler & The Last Bloom (Sunday Herald)

April 14, 2014

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Theatre   The Beautiful Cosmos Of Ivor Cutler Citizens Theatre, Glasgow until April 19; then touring until May 3   The Last Bloom seen at Òran Mór; at Traverse, Edinburgh, April 15-19   Reviews by Mark Brown   How to dramatise the splendidly assorted life and work of Ivor Cutler? The Scottish Jewish iconoclast – who […]

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Review feature: DESZKA Festival, Debrecen, Hungary, 2014

April 14, 2014

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Secrets and spies The DESZKA Festival is an eight-day showcase of Hungarian theatre. Mark Brown was impressed by two noteworthy productions Hungary’s second city, Debrecen (population a little over 200,000), is a tranquil and attractive place. The centre is dominated by fine, Habsburg architecture, even if many people still live in the kind of Stalinist era, Le […]

Review: Union, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh (Sunday Herald)

March 31, 2014

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Theatre   Union Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh Until April 12   Reviewed by Mark Brown   When Robert Burns called the Scottish parliamentarians who ratified the Treaty of Union of 1707 “a parcel of rogues in a nation”, he could hardly have envisaged a bunch of parliamentarians as venal as those depicted in Tim Barrow’s new […]

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Preview: The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, National Theatre of Scotland/Vanishing Point

March 31, 2014

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A World Of His Own Can the life and work of the surrealist poet and songwriter Ivor Cutler be done justice in a stage musical? Vanishing Point and the National Theatre of Scotland are going to give it a try. By Mark Brown   “He was his own work of art”, says actor and theatre […]

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Review: Union, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh (Daily Telegraph)

March 29, 2014

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Theatre   Union Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh   Review by Mark Brown   In this, the year of Scotland’s independence referendum, it comes as little surprise that we have a major new play which takes as its subject the Treaty of Union of 1707. However, those who hoped that Tim Barrow’s Union would be a sturdy […]

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